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Environmentally friendly shopping


Detailed description of the Good Practice

In Kolding, the retailers have recently decided that environmental issues are not just for the healing and organic
shops, but can include also other retailers of
consumer products.The retailers are the middlemen between the producer and the consumer. An ecologically conscious retailer is a retailer dedicated to minimize the use of electricity, to use ecologically friendly cleaning products and to dispose the daily waste by recycling.

sustainable purchasing
environmentally friendly shopping
green products
sustainable products
awareness rising

Objectives of the Good Practice

The objective was to make the shops "greener", to show that environmnetal aspects can be integrated in all activities. At the same time, the shops have the possibility to create their own positiv, green image with participating in the project.

Participants of the Good Practice

shops in Kolding

Target group of the Good Practice

shopkeepers and personnel

More Details of the Good Practice

Each retailer must choose 15 activities over a total of 3 years. During the first year, the main theme is the daily running of the shop. This includes energy check up from
the local electricity company, environmentally friendly cleaning of the premises and rubbish disposal. In addition, the retailer must choose two additional
form of activity like choosing to maintain water taps and toilets or use eco-labeled
paper, for example the Nordic swan or the EU-flower. In the second year the main theme being the inventory of the shop and minimizing the amount of packaging the customer brings home. The theme of the third year is product information and how it can be conveyed to the consumer.

The first 50 shops had a combined electricity consumption totally
2.117.580 kWh/year. After consultatation it was found out that this could easily be reduced by 300.000 kWh/year. The advice given was for example, to use energy efficient light bulbs, and only having full illumination when the shopa are open. The idea of saving money has appealed to many shops and so far (2001) 85 shops have been taking part.

During the period in the projecy, the shop receives:
1. Consultations from an environmental consultant
2. Consultation from a consultant from the electricity company
3. a diploma
4. a sticker for the window
5. a mention in the press and on the homepage of the Centre for Urban ecology
6. a folder containing environmental information for the management and personnel
7. Updates on actual environmental issues

Available files

Contact details

Signe Sporring
Tel/Fax +45 7630 7110

Data sources and references

Baltic Cities Environmental Bulletin 2/2001